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Confidence-building programme proves success

16 July 2019

Young adults from Weston-super-Mare are celebrating after successfully completing a six-month course aimed at improving their self-esteem and helping them enter employment.

Exterior of Weston Foyer

The group have been taking part in the 'Get on Track' initiative being run in partnership between Sanctuary Supported Living and the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust.

Elite athletes from the trust have been mentoring the group, who are all residents at Sanctuary Supported Living’s Weston Foyer, which provides support for vulnerable and homeless young people aged 16 to 25.

Jack Rutter, a former England footballer, and triple jumper Michelle Griffiths Robinson have overseen a series of sessions designed to promote teamwork and build confidence.

Participants also spent a day at Cheddar Gorge and also had the chance to study for a First Aid qualification.

A celebration event was held at the Foyer where the group were presented with certificates by Jack and Michelle.

Sophie Howe, one of the residents who took part, said: “Get on Track has helped me with building patience and my teamwork. It has also enabled me to meet new people and experience different personalities.

“I don’t put myself down all the time anymore and I am seeing the good in everything.”

The 'Get on Track' programme is being funded through £60,000 from Sanctuary Group’s community investment fund and is also taking place at Sanctuary Supported Living services in Banbury, Brighton, Stockton-on-Tees and Hartlepool.

Sanctuary Supported Living Project Worker Carris Pickup said: “Get on Track has been a huge success and everyone I’ve spoken to has really enjoyed working with the athletes.

“I have seen a significant improvement in the self-esteem of those who have taken part and I know they are looking forward to building on the skills they have learned in the future.”

Ben Hilton, CEO of Dame Kelly Holmes Trust, added: “The young people on this programme have faced significant challenges and barriers in life but through their resilience and newfound self-esteem are beginning to see the best version of themselves.

“I’m so excited to see how they continue on their journey and how they will positively impact on those around them.”

I’m so excited to see how they continue on their journey and how they will positively impact on those around them.

Ben Hilton, CEO of Dame Kelly Holmes Trust

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